The fact that South Africa’s economy is not doing as well as many sure hope, might be a reason to look into e-commerce and the opportunities it might offer for running a successful business. And that maybe even on the international scale. But the big question is, what is the right way to launch an ecommerce store in South Africa.
Based on my experience the easiest way to start an online store is by using a so-called e-commerce platform, basically an online based software that you can use to easily build your store. However, as there are lot of different e-commerce platforms, one might be wondering what the best choice for those from South Africa would be. From below you can find a suggestion.
Shopify is a real powerhouse company and has become a huge success among both those just looking to launch a small ecommerce business and among those who are running a huge brand. And in fact, there are currently over 1 million businesses using Shopify’s service.
So, what are the key benefits of Shopify? For one it is very easy to create a nice-looking webstore using their software. I myself was able to do a reasonably good store in one evening, even though I had very little previous experience with anything like Shopify.
Secondly, the pricing of Shopify is in my opinion quite reasonable: the regular plans start at just $29/month (USD) and you don’t have to commit to long-term contract – if you find out that Shopify or even e-commerce in itself is not for you, you can just cancel your contract.
Thirdly, Shopify is a really big company and, in my opinion, also extremely safe. Those things are obviously nice when you are looking to run an online business – especially as when you are doing it, you need to be able to convince people to pay on your site.
And lastly, Shopify offers a 90-day free trial, and during that time you should be able to easily figure out if Shopify is the best choice when it comes to you, South Africa and e-commerce. Check out Shopify.